Host and Hostess Gift Wines--Some Thoughts From a Foodie Expert

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

I was reading my latest Food & Wine magazine and there is a nice piece on an interview done with

Ted Allen, a well-known foodie/chef on television and is the current host of Chopped. 

Ted had some opinions on bringing wine to special occasions in the homes of your friends and family. One of the first things he suggests is NOT to just go to the grocery store, but visit a local wine store and get some direction on a special pick for your host or hostess. After all, it IS a gift. In a way, it reminds me of someone who puts together their own bouquet of fresh flowers to take, as opposed to going to Safeway and picking the cheap carnation arrangement (my personal pet peeve--I really don't like carnations--especially the dyed kind!)


And don't expect them to open your bottle, as it might just be a gift that you would like them to enjoy ALONE later, and you might mention that to them. For the most part, when Ted receives a bottle from guests, he opens them. A nice thing to do, I would say, as it makes the gift-giver feel good! I usually have a couple open already, both a red and a white, but I like to have some variety for both, because there are those who prefer a different type than I may have open. For example, I am NOT a sweet white wine drinker. Pinot Gris and Rieslings don't find their way to my home unless someone brings them. I would rather have variety and let someone tell me what they would like, rather than forcing them to drink a Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon that I am enjoying or have open when they would prefer something else. And the guest may have just brought their personal favorite, so why not open it?

Here is a really fun idea that Ted does for his sister. Go to a wine shop and get six wines with specific food pairings for each one! He puts the pairings onto a tag and hangs one on each bottle. Brilliant! 

One of my favorite main courses is salmon because there are so many ways you can prepare it and a whole variety of wines you can pair it with, depending upon your recipe. Wine Enthusiast has a site with several options for wine with salmon as well as some salmon recipes. They suggest Roses and Pinots, but I LOVE a good Chardonnay with it. And I will serve reds with it, also! (I'm not afraid to experiment, but try not to do a "first" with guests until I've experimented on myself).  Here was one of their quotes:

 “The size and weight of the wine should match the richness and intensity of food,” says Erik Liedholm, wine director and partner with John Howie Restaurants in Seattle. “Grilling creates a char that goes with a New World Syrah or cooler-climate Zin. With poached salmon, a rich Chardonnay can be wonderful.”


I hope that this gives you some food for thought when deciding what wine gifts to purchase for the upcoming holiday season!





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  2. Debbie Reynolds 11/30/2014 12:50 PM
  3. Brian England 11/24/2014 11:29 AM
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Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Gayle, Good ideas form Ted Allen.  We ususally play it safe if we give wine as a gift to friends and bring wine we know they will enjoy.  

Have a great Thanksgiving week!


Nov 23, 2014 11:44 AM #1
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Gayle, thanks for the tips about using wines as a gift.  I especially like the idea about pairing the wines with the food and taging the bottles.

Nov 23, 2014 11:49 AM #2
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 good suggestions. I know too little about wine to feel comfortable giving it as a gift. 

Nov 23, 2014 12:49 PM #3
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Hey GayleFriend ~ As you know, I'm not much of a drinker.  Although, recently this chickypoo has been branching out of her nest.  My daughter turned me onto a smooth red that I love... but it was the name that really got my attention (and I'm sure you'll get a chuckle)... Ménage a Trois ;-)

Nov 23, 2014 01:05 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Interesting I just usually go get one off the shelf.  I need to go our local wine shop and ask some questions.  

Nov 23, 2014 07:27 PM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I like the suggestion to include food pairings with the bottle of wine. However, that is certainly not a requirement if you are giving me a bottle of wine!

Nov 23, 2014 09:28 PM #6
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Gloria, if you know, then it's great. But, having "wino" friends, I know that it's fun to turn them onto something new that I've enjoyed--we like to experiment--

Sybil, isn't that a grand idea?

Wayne Johnson that's why you go to a wine shop where they can help you! It's a great way to learn AND taste.

Melinda (Mel) Peterson 541-659-1620 , I think I've had that before.......glad that your daughter is pushing you out of the nest.

There ya go, James, try something different. 

Roy Kelley you cracked me up with this one!!!


Nov 23, 2014 10:35 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I did schedule a December re-blog of this post.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week.

Nov 23, 2014 10:41 PM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Gayle, I like your suggestion about tagging it to say what it would be good to serve with. I like Chardonnays too and am not a sweet wine drinker. I had a nice merlot last night. Just right.

Nov 23, 2014 11:21 PM #9
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Thank you so much, as always Roy Kelley !

Debbie Reynolds isn't that a fun idea? You might write about your Merlot and put it in the ActiveRainWiners group for all of us to share. 


Nov 24, 2014 06:47 AM #10
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gayle you did an excellent job on this post.

I hope you have great plans for Thanksgiving day!

Nov 24, 2014 06:49 PM #11
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Gayle, I'm not a wine drinker so I rarely buy a bottle as a gift.

Nov 30, 2014 12:56 PM #12
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  nice post and I learned many things here.... I need to say ditto to what Wayne Johnson said....

Dec 18, 2014 06:07 PM #13
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905   Good morning to you! And I am glad that Roy Kelley Reblogged this so I could enjoy it! 

Dec 18, 2014 07:59 PM #14
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 .  We actually stocked up with wine for the upcoming Christmas parties yesterday.  We purchased a couple of bottles for ourselves to get us through the festivities at home too.

Dec 18, 2014 08:21 PM #15
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